A piano player, he used his keyboards frequently on the air, and even took gigs at nightclubs as a song-and-dance man. (Photo courtesy of Western Reserve Historical Society), The fast-talking deejay was one of WHK's most popular rock jocks from 1959-64 helping take the station to No. One of Cleveland's first African-American DJs, Rudd hosted all-night record shows on WJMO, when it was an AM station at 1490 on the dial. Impressed with Trivisonno's sports knowledge, Franklin gave him leeway and often referred to him as "Mr. Know It All." He died in 2004 at the age of 81. Sign In. His voice is also heard on a number of Cleveland area radio and TV commercials. He moved to New York in the 1970s and became a national star there, mainly with gigs at WCBS-FM. He died in 1993 at the age of 70. He is a noted rock historian and prolific writer, having published numerous books, including three volumes of "Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock 'n' Roll." 1," released in 1999. The show was a big hit and stayed atop the ratings for years. Today, he's out of radio and has been the owner of The Dean Rufus House Of Fun retail boutique on West 29th Street in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood for the past 12 years. He was one of the radio station's top DJs when he got caught up in the payola scandal that rocked the radio business in the late 1950s. So frequent, in fact, that he eventually ended up hosting his own show. He was also co-host of the Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion show. He currently hosts "Mantel in the Morning" on country station WRNS-FM/95.1 in Kinston, North Carolina. Myers, a trained actor, had a wild and theatrical on-air style, full of rhymes and shouts that bordered on manic poetry. (Associaed Press photo). Volume 60%. (Grant is at right in the photo above in the WGAR studios with Jim Mantel.) He built it into a ratings powerhouse with national influence. Kirby was one of the fast-talking "Supermen" of Top 40 radio giant WIXY-AM/1260 in the 1960s, along with Dick "The Wilde Childe" Kemp, Mike Reineri, Larry "The Duker" Morrow, Jack Armstrong and later, Billy Bass. Stream online for free, only on iHeartRadio! Contrary to popular opinion, Freed did not coin the phrase "rock'n' roll," but he was certainly instrumental in popularizing it and spreading the revolution around the world. His "More Sports and Les Levine" airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on Spectrum. The former All-Star Indians pitcher got his start in broadcasting in 1964 a few years after retiring from baseball. He came to Cleveland as both a DJ and the Buzzard's program director. She died in 2011 at the age of 89. By the time he left in 1973, for health reasons, it had changed call letters again to WWWE. Luke Combs and Old Dominion were big winners of the night, taking home 2 awards each, respectively. In 1964, he had the Beatles to his Fairview Park home during their first appearance in Cleveland. cleveland.com is a partner of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. (Billy Bass is at far left in the photo, kickin' it with the WHK crew, circa 1968. WHK later became WMMS (Plain Dealer file photo), A 40-year veteran of Cleveland radio, the silky-voiced Perry is best-known for her 20-year run as host public radio station WCPN-FM/90.3's "Around Noon" and "Sound of Applause" arts-and-culture interview shows. Also listen: 99.5 THE BREEZE, WGAR-FM HD2. (Plain Dealer file photo), Chizek was among the most opinionated (and durable) radio personalities in local history. The trio moved to WMMS in 1971, laying the groundwork for the station's Buzzard heyday. He was in the booth for every Browns season through 1984. (Plain Dealer file photo). He died in 1989. "He had one of the great voices. He was the station's best-known personality and instrumental in breaking artists such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Pat Benatar and Mott the Hoople. Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay were some of other winners of the … He died of a heart attack in 2011. In the end, he earned six degrees, even becoming a lawyer in 1987 at the age of 64. His friend and radio colleague Ernie Anderson drew inspiration for Ghoulardi from "Shock Theater," a monster-movie bash Myers, wearing a hooded cape and talking like a beatnik, hosted on WJW Channel 8. (Plain Dealer file photo), Program director and afternoon-drive personality at WIXY-AM/1260 during its late 1960s heyday as one of the most popular Top 40 radio stations in the country. By 1955, he was making more than $100,000 a year, owned a piece of the station, and was dubbed the top DJ in America by Time magazine. Veteran Cleveland sportscaster and sports-talk host Les Levine has worked just about every gig you can imagine in his four-plus decades in the radio and TV business. Jacqueline Gerber, also known as "Queen of the Morning," has been entertaining listeners with her laid-back style and droll sense of humor at classical-music station WCLV FM/104.9 since 2001. (Plain Dealer file photo). (Photo: Plain Dealer file), One of the city's legendary DJs, Tolliver made his mark during a long run at WZAK-FM/93.1. (Photo: Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer), A DJ at WMMS-FM/100.7 in the 1980s, Stein went on to work in programming at Westwood One and Launch Radio Networks. He can still be heard on the radio, too. He later moved to WKNR. WSRS liked them so much, they hired her. The duo reigned over a zany – and revolving – supporting cast of characters on "Buzzard Morning Zoo" for 18 years from 1976-1994. I was doing middays on 92.5 The Wolf in Denver, Colorado for a couple of years beforehand. 00:00. Cleveland's #1 For New Country! She now lives in Santa Monica, Calif. (Stile is pictured here, sitting next to Bruce Springsteen during his 1976 visit to the WMMS studios. She also worked in TV production in LA, including at "Entertainment Tonight," and as a freelance producer, editor and writer for an audio book abridger. He eventually became a sports broadcaster, calling University of Maryland football and basketball games and working for the ABC radio network. Dean was a tastemaker on the local dance music scene thanks to gigs at several stations that included Program and Music Director at WDMT FM 108 (1979-87) and DJ at WZJM FM Jammin' 92 (1989-2001). Upon this radio station, Chris… Read … It's gone!" He was a conservative talk radio host at Akron's WNIR FM/100.1 for almost 40 years. She was on-air from 1993-1997, and had a popular 7-midnight show. In 2015, Patrick announced that he is suffering from esophageal cancer. The two were national tastemakers, breaking many acts of the day. (Plain Dealer file photo), Spitz was an on-air personality on WPHR-FM/107.9 (Power 108) from 1988-1990, but she is best known for her 1993-1999 run as Larry Morrow's co-host on WQAL-FM/104. WGAR-FM (99.5 FM) – branded 99.5 WGAR – is a commercial country music radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, serving Greater Cleveland and much of surrounding Northeast Ohio. The flamboyant Freed was a showman who would growl, howl and pound phone books like drums when he was on the air. His iconic rants have been preserved for posterity on the CD "Murray Saul: The Get Downs, Vol. He broadcast from "the glass cage" at 5000 Euclid Ave., and dubbed the station's echo-chamber reverberation its "stratophonic sound." He left the station in July of 1991, just 19 months into his 3-year contract. A stand-up comedian, Malone partnered with John Lanigan and John Webster for the weekly "Knuckleheads in the News" segment on Magic 105.7 WMJI. Freed left Cleveland for New York in 1954, where he became a national figure, hosting a nationally syndicated radio show and a weekly TV program on ABC. Wayne D. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Kat Jackson. Host of "Rover's Morning Glory", a syndicated morning talk show that started at WXTM-FM/92.3 in 2003. He later worked for WHHR in Hilton Head, S.C. Kat can be heard way too early in the morning on 98.1 WKDD Akron, OH, in Cleveland, OH on Majic 105.7 & 99.5 WGAR. Lanigan came to Cleveland in 1970 to replace Don Imus at WGAR. He became a part of the heyday of WMMS, which included on-air personalities like Kid Leo, Denny Sanders, Matt the Cat, Betty Korvan, Len Goldberg and the BLF Bash. (Photo by Chuck Crow,The Plain Dealer), Goldberg started at WMMS-FM/100.7 in 1972 and remained there until 2004, longer than any other personality employed there during the Buzzard's heyday. She left Cleveland to take a radio job in Florida. (Plain Dealer file photo), "A swing and a drive! (Plain Dealer file photo), One of the first black DJs in Cleveland radio, Hawkins broadcasted from the front of his record store on E. 105th between Cedar and Carnegie avenues in the late 1940s and early 1950s, before landing air time on WHK, WJW, WDOK, WABQ and WSRS, which later became WJMO. The other DJs in the photo are, from left: Doc Nemo, Vic Boc, Martin Perlich and Pat Mack. But after a few years, he wanted to concentrate on being a DJ, so he reached out to an old friend, John Gorman, to come Cleveland as the station's music director. The R and B records he played were a hit with black and white listeners alike, and Freed dubbed himself "The King of the Moondoggers." He was inducted into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio in 1993. He tried two comeback attempts, but retired for good after a brief gig at WTAM-AM/1100 in 1998. He played the cutting-edge rock and R&B that felt dangerous for the times. Howitt is shown here with frequent radio partner Ravenna Miceli in 2004. He now works for Progressive Insurance. In addition to doing nights at many of Cleveland's legendary clubs over the years, along with studio, voice and remix work in New York and Cleveland, Rufus was primarily known as one of the hosts of WDMT's extremely popular "Club Style" show, which gave local street and club jocks an opportunity to spin live on the radio ever night. 00:02. She was the news director at WABQ during the early 1970s She also ran for Cleveland City Council and led Black Political Women of Cleveland. Local Radio. (Plain Dealer file photo), Halper worked as a DJ and music director for WMMS-FM/100.7 from 1973-75 and was instrumental in helping the band Rush land a record deal. He left WGAR in 1984 for a radio job in Tampa, Fla., but returned in 1985 to work at WMJI-FM/105.7, co-hosting "The Lanigan and Webster Show" with newsman and sidekick John Webster. The goal of this amazing radio journey was to eventually get back home and do radio in my home town. He took a leave of absence in December 2016 for prostate cancer, and resumed his duties the first week of January. He still holds the honor of being the last broadcaster to call the most recent Browns world championship, having been at the mic for the team's 27-0 victory over Baltimore in the 1964 NFL title game. (Plain Dealer file photo), Jim Mantel was the longtime morning man at country station WGAR-FM/99.5 - nearly 20 years before being cut in 2010 after his contract was not renewed. Favorite Share. (Scott is far right in the photo above, in the WMMS studio with Ed Kinzbach, Ed "Flash" Ferenc and Kenny Clean.) (He started at the station when it was on the FM dial and also worked at sister station WMJI-FM/105.7.) Genres: Classic Hits. (Plain Dealer file photo). Imus was back to New York the following year and eventually built an "Imus in the Morning" media empire that had him syndicated across the country. In 2008, he did a brief stint on Sirius satellite radio. Kemp, a Texas native, may have been the fastest-talking of them all. Kirby is second from left in this photo from a WIXY Supermen reunion. (Plain Dealer file photo), Holt was the first African-American female radio personality on Cleveland airwaves, getting her start as an announcer on WSRS-AM/1490. Over the years, he was heard on WGAR-AM/1220, WERE-AM/1300 and WHK-AM/1420. Spero is still active as an artist manager. After his run on WDMT, Rufus continued with another hugely popular live mix and specialty show, "Club Jamz" on Jammin' 92.3. He had that gig for seven years and parlayed it into a regular show on WCLV-FM-95.5 called the "Perlich Project," featuring everything from classical music to jazz to progressive rock. 1 in the ratings, as Imus peppered the airwaves with a seemingly drunken flurry of sexually and politically provocative material. She was among the first DJs to put the group's seven-minute opus, "Working Man," into regular rotation. Music. He was soon a popular mainstay, doing double duty as the host of the "Prize Movie" on WUAB Channel 43. He worked at WAKR-AM/1590 from 1961-67 and at WCOL in Columbus from 1967-77. 1950s 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 1952 1951 1950. Longtime radio newsman, Mike Olszewski worked over the years for WERE, WMMS, WNCX and WCLV. RELAXING FAVORITES, Luke Bryan's Family Kicks Off Annual '12 Days Of Pranksmas'. He switched to radio in 1968 and became a local legend, working over the years with partners like Joe Tait, Nev Chandler, Steve Lamar, Paul Olden and, finally, Tom Hamilton. He was called to testify at congressional hearings and admitted accepting cash and gifts to play records. (Halper is at center in the photo above, with members of Rush and WMMS staffers. Radio Personalities To learn more about Axis Sally, Tokyo Rose, and other radio personalities click the link to the left! Trivisonno started working part-time at WNCX-FM/98.5 in 1987, becoming a full-time personality 1989. In 1970, he founded the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Detroit.The name of the school was changed in 2009 to Specs Howard School of Media Arts due to the addition of graphic design and film courses. A comedic mainstay of the morning show at WMMS-FM/100.7 for years, the character is the creation of comedian John Carillo, a California native who uses John Rio as his stage name. Over time, the show's focus has shifted from sports to political issues and current events, with Triv as the irascible ringmaster. He also wrote a column for the Sun newspaper chain. He walked away from it all in 1961 at the height of his fame, putting radio behind him to go to college. John Dunn (radio presenter) – announcer on BBC domestic radio during the 1960s, and later on Radio 1. He returned to Cleveland radio briefly in the 1990s with a gig on WMJI-FM, but was soon lured back to host shows on WCBS. She even had a country radio show under the name "Cindy Lou." Home. Download: Small. Program Director/afternoon host Carletta Blake will move to mornings joining Steve Wazz for the rebranded “ Wazz & Carletta Mornings ” as LeeAnn Sommers will shift to the 3-7pm afternoon slot. Some of the names are taken from the war journal of Eric Lloyd Williams, a correspondent for Reuters and the South African Press Association during the war, and from a radio broadcast he made in 1944.. James Aldridge, The New York Times He was the first to syndicate Howard Stern in Cleveland. He was on air locally for a brief time in the early 2000s, on WELW-AM/1330, playing oldies with another WMJI vet Ravenna Miceli. Korvan was one of the notable rock jocks from the 1970s heyday of WMMS-FM/100.7. Podcasts. and WGAR. But he was soon back on the air with a new deal, and currently broadcasts from a base at WABC in New York. Jump to navigation Jump to search. Historical Holiday Music Mystery-Horror News Personality Quiz Rare. Her last "Quiet Storm" broadcast was in 2015. Since leaving Cleveland in the 1990s, she has worked in radio in various big-city markets, including Philadelphia and Phoenix. He also was the DJ for the Call and Post newspaper's ballroom dances and booked acts at the Play-Mor. (Plain Dealer file photo), Shanley was a fixture on TV, working as the sports anchor for WEWS Channel 5 for 20 years. Location: Rainbow City, AL. Vocal star Ginny Simms is again the star of her own show heard each Sunday evening over WGAR. He bounced between Denver and Cleveland for years, working locally at WIXY and WHK. In addition to on-air work at WCLV, Conrad was also the longtime voice of Cleveland Orchestra radio broadcasts. (Plain Dealer file photo), An old-school, multi-talented showman, Barrett worked at dozens of stations from the mid-1950s into the 1990s, including WGAR-AM/1220, WBBG-AM/1260 and WQAL-FM/104.1. 1960s 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960. shows by year. He is credited with creating one of the first morning drive-time radio shows in Cleveland by combining Top 40 tunes with phone-ins from teenagers, housewives, office workers and Cleveland mayors, including Carl Stokes and Ralph Perk. In addition to doing nights at many of Cleveland's legendary clubs over the years, along with studio, voice and remix work in New York and Cleveland, Rufus was primarily known as one of the hosts of WDMT's extremely popular "Club Style" show, which gave local street and club jocks an opportunity to spin live on the radio ever night. Brian and Joe were the first to broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's radio station in 1995. Owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., the station serves as the Cleveland affiliate for The Bobby Bones Show . He was inducted into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron in 2001. Korvan now lives in South Dakota. (Photo courtesy Lou Santini), Saul is best known the "Get Down Man," whose Friday afternoon riffs and rants on WMMS-FM/100.7 made him a local celebrity in the 1970s. He jumped to WJW in Cleveland in 1951, where his late-night program, "The Moondog House," became a phenomenon. It was presented in Cleveland in 2007 at Dobama Theatre. Mancow Mullet net well worth: Mancow Muller can be an American radio and tv personality who includes a net worthy… Read More » Tom Ford October 31, 2020. Diagnosed with the disease in 1992, she formed the Kym Sellers Foundation in 2000 to help raise money for research into a cure for MS and to provide outreach and education for people with MS and their families. (Photo courtesy of Norton Records), Was a fixture with his country music radio show, "Will the Roses Bloom Again," on WRUW-FM at Case Western Reserve University for more than 40 years. She worked in radio in Los Angeles from 1973-76 at KLOS and KMET. WGAR-FM (99.5 FM) – branded 99.5 WGAR – is a commercial country radio station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, serving Greater Cleveland and much of surrounding Northeast Ohio.Owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, WGAR-FM is the Cleveland affiliate for nationally-syndicated radio personality … From 2007-2014, she was owner and CEO of Life After Your Divorce, a company that worked with people going through divorce. His profile skyrocketed in 1994 when he began hosting "Sportsline" on WTAM. Saul joined WMMS as a salesman after the station switched to a rock format. LaBarbara had shows on KYC-AM 1100 and WIXY-AM/1260, where he was one of the Supermen. (Plain Dealer file photo), John Webster worked from 1984-1997 with John Lanigan and Jimmy Malone at WMJI FM/105.7, as part newsman, part comic sidekick on the perennially top-rated "Lanigan and Webster" show. Also pictured: Jack Armstrong, Jim LaBarbara, Billy Bass and Chuck Knapp. (Plain Dealer file photo), Santini came to WMMS-FM/100.7 in 1994 after a stint at Canton's WRQK-FM/106.9. The first cars I owned had AM radios, and on the mid to late seventies one of the stations I had set on mine was 1220/WGAR. He currently hosts two Internet radio shows: "Just the 2 of Us and Friends" on voiceitradio.com, based out of Cleveland, and The Lynn Tolliver Show on 1067thebridge.com, based out of Houston Texas, where former Clevelander John Hairston serves as Program Director. Radio Personality CBS Radio. 5:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Armstrong is at far left in the photo above, along with fellow WIXY Supermen  Lou Kirby, Jim LaBarbara, Billy Bass and Chuck Knapp at a WIXY reunion. View Description. Local WGAR-FM personalities include Steve Wazz and Carletta Blake (mornings) and LeeAnn Sommers (afternoon drive). (Plain Dealer file photo). He finally settled at WNIR in the 1980s and worked there until shortly before his death in 2006. (Plain Dealer file photo), Bass built one of the most versatile careers in the history of Cleveland radio. He did return to Cleveland radio in the early 1990s, working briefly again for WERE. She moved to WNWV-FM/107.3 when Gorman briefly transformed it into the adult album alternative station V 107.3. He left in the late '80s to become program director for WRQK-FM/106.9 in Canton. He left WIXY in 1973 for WWWE-AM/1100, then worked at WERE-AM/1490. Did we miss anyone important or one of your favorites? He also worked at WHK and KYW, but is perhaps best known for his 18-year run on WJW starting in 1964. When he left in 1971 for the big-time in New York, the headline in The Plain Dealer read: "Garbage mouth goes to Gotham." By 1947, he had moved to WJMO and was nicknamed the Sinatra of the city's DJs. He stayed at the station until 1996. One of those listeners – Mike Trivisonno, became such a popular caller that he eventually was given his own radio show. From the birth of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s through just about the end of the 20th Century, Cleveland was a great town for radio. By Language. Dean was a tastemaker on the local dance music scene thanks to gigs at several stations that included Program and Music Director at WDMT FM 108 (1979-87) and DJ at WZJM FM Jammin' 92 (1989-2001). Photo: Courtesy of John Gorman), Joe Tait is a Cleveland radio legend and the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers from the team's inception in 1970 (with the exception of two seasons in the early 1980s) until he retired in 2011. WHK later became WMMS) (Plain Dealer file photo), Beginning in the late 1970s and running until the late 1980s, Victor "Uncle Vic" Blecman was a Sunday night staple for Northeast Ohio radio listeners on WGCL-FM/98.5. Radio Personalities. WGAR radio personalities. She is now an on-air personality for oWOW, a thriving Cleveland-based Internet radio station created by Gorman in 2015. He later pleaded guilty to a drug abuse charge and the dancers agreed to make a $600 contribution to the Salvation Army. He pioneered the sports-talk format here, starting in 1967 at WERE-AM/1300 and then moving to WWWE-AM/1100. Today, he's out of radio and has been the owner of The Dean Rufus House Of Fun retail boutique on West 29th Street in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood for the past 12 years. After leaving WGAR and moving to Nashville in 1994, Grant landed a nationally syndicated country radio program. Known as "The Knapper," Chuck Knapp came to WIXY in 1969 from WRKO in Boston. Trending. Memorable radio personalities from Cleveland's past. Don't miss an episode of Wazz and Carletta. He was so popular that the station renamed the program, "The Mike Trivisonno Show" in 1998. Frequently, he took a sales or sales manager job so that he could underwrite the shows he loved to do on radio. In 2013, she started a classic-rock show on SiriusXM's Classic Vinyl Channel, broadcasting live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. (Plain Dealer file photo), Pete Franklin did his last regular broadcasts in 1998 and died in 2004, but he is still, in many ways, the best-known sports-talk radio host in Cleveland. One of the fast-talking "Supermen" of WIXY-AM/1260. Gorman has also written a book about his days at WMMS, "The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio." Named herself "The Screaming Queen Bitch." He introduced Presley on his first national TV appearance on CBS' "Stage Show" in 1956. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. (Plain Dealer file photo). Franklin left Cleveland at the height of his fame in 1987 for New York, but he flopped there and was back in town by 1989. 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